The 23-year-old goes into the Grand Prix of Indianapolis having led two races (Long Beach and Barber), which is the first time in his IndyCar career. Saavedra also climbed an impressive 13 places in Long Beach, to secure his first top-10 finish of the season and now sits 13th in the championship standings with 55 points, just three away from 10th.
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Saavedra has been among the youngest drivers in nearly every series he has competed in. He joined the Firestone Indy Lights just before his 19th birthday and that year was awarded Rookie of the Year Honors with AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport. He moved to Bryan Herta Autosport for 2010 where he made his Indianapolis 500 debut becoming the third Colombian driver to do so. Saavedra then stepped up to the IndyCar Series in 2011 with Conquest Racing before returning to Indy Lights in 2012. Last year he spent the entire season back in IndyCar with Dragon Racing.
The Grand Prix of Indianapolis takes place May 8-10 on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET. You can also listen live on the Verizon IndyCar 14 app, XM 209, Sirius 213 or indycar.com.